Review: Thimmarusu

‘Thimmarusu’ has hit the cinemas today (July 30) amid fairly good expectations. In this section, we are going to review the latest box-office release.

Story:
Ramachandra (Satyadev Kancharana) is an upright lawyer who takes up an eight-year-old case with the purpose of helping a youngster (Ankith Koyya) get indemnity for a crime he didn’t commit. Once he enters the fray, the lawyer encounters a series of threats and challenges. He discovers unexpected facts about the buried case. Actor Ajay, who is a bad cop, has a stake in preventing him from arriving at the truth. Ravi Babu, the defense lawyer, has his task cut out against Ramachandra. Can the good lawyer overcome all the hurdles?

Performances:

Satyadev has excelled in the role of a lawyer who is given to fights on the street more than arguments in the court. While his comic timing has bettered from ‘Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya’, the actor is also comfortable in the action scenes. Priyanka Jawalkar, who is the male lead’s love interest, is disappointing. The ‘Taxiwala’ actress finds her voice in the story, though. 

Ajay and Ravi Babu bring their strengths to the table. Ankith Koyya shines in the role of a vulnerable underdog. Brahmaji’s comedy works. Viva Hasha is apt in a serious role. Jhansi, after ‘Narappa’, plays yet another serious role. Praveen, Sandhya Janak, and Chaitanya Rao Madadi fit the bill.

Technical Departments:
Sricharan Pakala is no stranger to working on serious subjects. ‘Kshanam’, ‘PSV Garuda Vega’, ‘Evaru’ and the recent ‘Naandhi’ are testimony to his abilities. In ‘Thimmarusu’, the composer delivers a solid BGM for the courtroom and action scenes. Appu Prabhakar’s cinematography is a plus. Kiran Kumar Manne’s art direction is another plus. 

Analysis:
This remake of the Kannada movie ‘Birbal’ (2019) is a crime thriller for the most part. The courtroom scenes are very few. The lead man takes it upon himself to deliver the film from seeming too mundane. It’s not like he is spectacular. But his conviction spills into even the below-average scenes.

The first half takes off on a solid note. The murder that happened in 2011 is narrated from three points of view. The first two viewpoints are engaging. By the time the third one arrives, the film starts to drag.

The workplace comedy involving Satyadev, Brahmaji and Priyanka Jawalkar can be enjoyed if you don’t have high expectations. Brahmaji, after playing a rebellious character in ‘Narappa’, brings to the table his comic side here. 

The problem begins in the second half. The plot thickens and the writing is too dense. The investigation scenes could have been way better. Instead, what we get are accidental discoveries from the male lead. The motive for the crime is too old-school. The villains don’t make the cut in terms of impact. 

By the time the climax arrives, the film tires out the audience with its many investigation scenes. Satyadev’s character should have made his emotional involvement more clear. 

Bottomline:
‘Thimmarusu’ is a crime thriller in the garb a semi-courtroom drama. The film is hero-centric in a pronounced way. But it is not fully satisfying because of the somewhat dense screenplay in the second half. 

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